Irish start-ups Atromatix and Fonesense are to fly to Silicon Valley for a three-week immersion programme at Mind the Bridge Start-up School before embarking on a pan-European start-up road trip.
The two start-ups won their places on the programme in a competition organised by Welcome and Mind the Bridge Startup School in San Francisco.
Both former Start-ups of the Week here on Siliconrepublic.com, Artomatix aims to develop the next generation of art tools, automating digital media creation, while Fonesense is a mobile-advertising platform that enables marketers and app developers to engage with users in a captivating manner.
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In San Francisco, they will be joined by six other start-ups from Berlin, Milan and Madrid for an intensive programme that includes workshops, mentoring, networking and company site visits.
Once the start-ups return to Europe, they will embark on a two-week pan-European tour of Berlin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca. As part of this tour, the start-ups will attend a number of events and pitch their business to investors, business angels and international media.
The Silicon Valley and European Roadshow programme is part of the Welcome project, a Start-up Europe initiative funded by the EU Commission. DCU Ryan Academy is the Irish partner of the Welcome project.
‘This project is an unmissable opportunity for Irish start-ups to connect with Silicon Valley, meet fellow entrepreneurs, investors and potential mentors from across Europe’
– EOGHAN STACK
The Silicon Valley School tuition, travel and accommodation expenses for both the Silicon Valley trip and the European roadshow will be covered by Welcome.
“Over the two-year life of the project, DCU Ryan Academy is hosting competitions, hackathons, conferences and events in Dublin with the aim of linking the Irish start-up community to the wider European entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said DCU’s Eoghan Stack.
“This project is an unmissable opportunity for Irish start-ups to connect with Silicon Valley, meet fellow entrepreneurs, investors and potential mentors from across Europe and scale their businesses into European markets and the US.”
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